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May Day Door Knocker

The May Day tradition is to ring the doorbell, leave a bouquet of fresh flowers and run!  Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been so fortunate.  So I set out flowers out on my door myself.  


A swag of fresh cut flowers that dries beautifully and lasts, adorns my front door.  A front door swag, or door knocker, is actually very easy to create.  Here’s how:





Some flowers and foliages don’t die, they dry! (See below- 'Varieties that Dry Nicely')

  • Greens: 8 to10 stems total of 2 different greens from Varieties that Dry Nicely (Jill used seeded eucalyptus and bear grass.)

  • ·Flowers: 7 to 10 stems total of 3 different flowers from Varieties that Dry Nicely (Jill used burgundy spray roses, liatrice and purple statice.)

  • 5 medium sized rubberbands, plus 1 large rubberband from the newspaper 

  • 1 decorative ribbon or raffia, approximately 20-inches in length




  1. Select approximately 4 to 5 stems of greenery that are approximtley16-inches in length and rubber band their ends together. (Jill used bear grass.) 

  2. Select approximately 5 stems of flowers and cut them to approximately 14-inches in length.  Rubber band their ends together. (Jill used liatrice.)

  3. Select 3 more varieties (some flowers and some greens) and cut one variety to approximately 12- to 10-inches in length; then cut the next variety to about 8-inches in length; finally cut the last variety about 6-inches in length.  Rubber band each variety together. (Jill used eucalyptus, burgundy spray roses and purple seafoam statice.)

  4. Next, stack the flower and greens on top of each other according to their lenghts (the longest at the bottom and the shortest on top.)

  5. Rubberband all the varieties together with one large rubberband to make a generous May Day swag /door knocker.

  6. Finish the swag by covering the rubberbanded ends with decorative ribbon or raffia.

  7. Now hang the May Day Door Knocker on the front door and let it dry.


Varieties that Dry Nicely:

California grows all these flowers all year long!


  • Bright pink roses

  • Red roses

  • Hydrangea

  • Larkspur

  • Liatris

  • Marigolds

  • Straw flower

  • Safflower

  • Yarrow

  • Statice

  • Zinnias

  • Globe Amaranth

  • Herbs: Rosemary, Mint, Oregano Parsley, Bay and Sage

  • Greens: Lemon Leaf, Eucalyptus, Bear Grass, CaliforniaPepper Berries



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